Month: December 2018

happy new year doodle

365 Pristine Squares

I receive a new wall calendar each Christmas. It’s practical, yet pretty; sensible, yet satisfying. A year’s worth of blank boxes precisely organized into the weeks and months of the upcoming year. I feel a surge of mystical anticipation when I flip through the pages and contemplate what may unfold over the next 365 days. …

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The Ticking Clock of Christmas Carnage

Those cute snow people in the picture above appear to be innocent, festive additions to my holiday decor. However, they represent the most frightening object in my house. Halloween decorations? The mark of an amateur. Skeletons, bats, or spiders can’t hold a candle to the unrelenting horror unleashed when this decoration emerges from its box. …

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ice scuptor at the Seattle Center Winterfest

Do you have a December MUST DO list?

Between the spouse’s office party, the kids’ school concerts, present wrapping, cookie baking, and family visits, December doesn’t come with a to-do list, it blows in like a MUST-GET-DONE blizzard. Don’t get me wrong. I love the holiday season. It’s festive, fun, full of goodwill, and features a cheery prerecorded soundtrack. Unlike certain other long, …

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